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Last two days it will not even try to turn over when warm, after several hours it will start no problem. We just replaced the battery but it is still doing the same thing. Lights come on, radio works but just a click when you turn the key.

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Hi There, Sounds to me that you have a soloniod contactor problem....First thing to do is disconnect the battery....Now remove the air temprature sensor and mark and make a sketch of all the other vacume pipes, so that if any become disconnected accidently you'll know where to fit them back....Remove the air cleaner and the housing....Get some good light so that you can always see what you're doing and then because you'll have to do a lot of the work by touch, run your fingures down the thick cable from the battery to the twelve mm nut on the soloniod, and remove it....Pull off the thin wire which operates the coil side of the soloniod and insulate both cables....there are two 14mm bolts holding the starter motor into the bell housing,...Remove both and then carefully bring the starter motor out from the engine compartment....Place the starter into a bench vice and loosen the nut which holds the cable going into the main body of the starter and then remove the cable so that it hangs loose, then unscrew the retaining bolts holding the soloniod....Once this has been done, lift the unit upwards from the housing so that the plunger lifts free of the bendix lever....You then will have a choice of prying open the soloniod where the plastic part fits into the metal and replacing the contactors, or replacing the whole soloniod....If you choose to replace the conntactors keep in mind that you will not be able to seal it as well as the manufactures and because of that the unit may not be as dependable as a new replacement....If you still want to take that chance unsolder the cables to the throw in and hold in coils (they are both together in a single connection)....Make sure the cables are free and after prying open the sealed part of the soloniod, lift the unit out....Unscrew the two tower bolts by loosening the remaining two nuts on the outside of the plastic unit, the two contacts are found beneath each tower bolt....Replace these and then reassemble in the recerse order....Once everything is in place and tightened its always a good idea to double check everything, better still to have a friend do a second check....Reconnect the battery and you should be ready to roll....Best regards Johngee

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